MAY 5, 2011                                                            

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Today, the Texas House voted to concur with the Senate to pass the Sonogram Bill.  The bill is now on its way to the Governor's desk, where it is expected to be signed into law and put immediately into effect as a result of its passage by a wide majority. 

The Sonogram Bill – believed to be one of the strongest of its kind in the country – requires abortion providers to perform sonograms before abortion procedures and will, for the first time, ensure that women will have the opportunity to see and hear the results of their sonograms.  In addition to providing women access to their sonograms, this bill also closes the loophole in the physician-consultation requirements of the informed consent law previously passed in Texas. 

"Women will finally receive this vital information in the manner in which they are entitled, as is standard for any other type of medical procedure," said Karen Garnett, Executive Director of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee of North Texas.  "Judging from the effects that seeing a sonogram has had on abortion-minded women seeking counseling from pregnancy resource centers, compliance with the sonogram law could result in tens of thousands of babies' lives saved and women spared the devastating effects of abortion."  As Senator Dan Patrick, sponsor of the Sonogram Bill in the Senate, aptly stated:  “This is a great day for Texas. This is a great day for women’s health. This is a great day for the pro-life movement.”

In addition to the Sonogram Bill, this week in Austin also saw the final legislative passage of the Choose Life License Plate Bill.  This bill allows Texans the opportunity to purchase a specialty license plate that reflects their belief in "Life," the proceeds of which will support adoption efforts in Texas.  The bill garnered the support of over 90 co-sponsors, and nearly 15,000 Texans signed a “Petition for Choose Life license plates,” pledging to purchase the plate when it is available.

"These two pieces of legislation represent several years of effort by the pro-life community, and a historic recognition by our legislature that Texans want to support women as well as their children," Garnett said.  "It is a tragedy that any child dies or any woman suffers from abortion.  With more information and a greater awareness of the adoption option, it is our fervent hope that no woman will make that tragic abortion choice."

For more information, contact Becky Visosky at , 972-267-5433 or 817-658-8701.

About the Catholic Pro-Life Committee:  The Catholic Pro-Life Committee, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, is the Respect Life Ministry of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas, Texas.  It is the largest diocesan-based pro-life ministry in the nation. 

Facts about abortion:  More than 11,000 abortions are performed in Dallas County every year.  Since the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, more than 51,000,000 abortions have been performed in America.